street: Via Gabi 7, Appio Latino, 00183 Rome
email: info @ stjterrace.it
phone: +39 335 63 96 671
We were in Rome for the first time last month and it left quite an impression. Actually, it started leaving an impression before we even got there – shopping for accommodations took my breath away. I knew that it would be expensive, but the types of places that I usually look for were well beyond what I will spend per night. It quickly became clear that hotels were out of the question, so I started sifting through B&Bs and vacation rentals. That’s how I found St. John’s Terrace.
It’s located on the 7th floor of an 8-story building in the San Giovanni neighborhood, a 5-minute walk from the San Giovanni subway stop. The building is kind of dark, with an Art Deco feel, which made walking into the bright, freshly renovated B&B quite a surprise. The terrace in the name refers to a large balcony on the south end of the building. When the weather is pleasant, they serve breakfast out there. It’s a small operation, only 5 guestrooms. Our room was quite generously proportioned by European standards. The bathroom had a shower cabin with two shower heads (one rain shower, one removable nozzle) and a brand new tile job.
Breakfast was served from 8-10 am in the small breakfast nook/entryway. Since we were there in the off-season, the weather wasn’t cooperating for terrace use. A variety of salumi, sweet pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal, milk and juices were on offer daily, as well as a freshly prepared cappuccino. This was also the area where Giorgio, the proprietor, greeted us upon our arrival. He then made us a couple of espressos (espressi?), grabbed a map and asked us what we planned on doing in order to give us an overview of where we were and where we wanted to go. It was an enormous help and allowed us to make realistic plans for our limited time. In addition to being near public transit, the B&B is very near the San Giovanni in Laterano church, the Porta San Giovanni (a fabulous old city gate) and very scenic 20 minute stroll to the Colosseum and the Forum.
The price was 89€/night (breakfast included), a great value for the area and level of service. Again, we were there in the low season, so prices will be higher if you go at a more desirable time.